ALBANIAN competition


The Vjosa river-Europe’s wild Jewel
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Director:  Adrian Guri

English title:  The Vjosa river-Europe’s wild Jewel

2014/ Albania/ HD/ 13’/ Color

 

SYNOPSIS

The Vjosa River is only one river on the Balkan Peninsula threatened by hydroelectric developments. 570 medium and large scale dams are projected between Slovenia and Albania. "Save the Blue Heart of Europe" is a campaign, aiming to save the Balkan Rivers -- which are among the best preserved rivers in all of Europe -- from destruction.

 
The legendary dog
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Director:  Alban Muja

English title:  The legendary dog

2014/ Kosova/ HD/ 15’/ Colour

 

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‘The legendary dog’ talks about a fragment from the life of Ulay, a famous conceptual artist. In fact the film is about a journey that he and his partner -renowned artist Marina Abramovic conduct in Kosovo in 1977. Their journey is crowned with a performance which takes place inside the ironclad borders between then the-Yugoslavia (Kosovo) and Albania’s socialist dictatorship, with movements between the two states being impossible, that is movement of the same people – of the Albanian living in two states. But the visit he and his partner make dose not end with only performance from Ulay - dubbed Quakovich explores Albania- they also get new family member , Alba. The unique dog-breed of Kosovo, the Sharri dog (know as Illyrian shepherd) – which at the time used to be considered national asses- spends

14 years with the famous conceptual art couple, and the includes five years in their famous van, which has now been turned into a work of art. Ulay, Marina Abramovic and Alba live perfectly well together, but at some point in time, life parts them in opposite directions.

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The children of my father
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Director:  Besfort Imami

Englisht title:  The children of my father

2015/ Macedonia/ HD/ 20’/ Color

 

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The documentary film "The children of my father" is a story about the life of Sureya Imami. But who was Sureya Imami? First of all he was my father and I was rather his son, as he always called. I always knew him to be the first Albanian music teacher in Macedonia. But what I didn’t know was his influence over his former students, the events of his life, the problems he faced during his time as a teacher, educator and youth leader.

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Lives
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Director:  Arian Mustafa

English title:  Lives

2014/ Kosova/ HD/ 30’/ Color

 

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A youth, Rrahim, 15 years old, is the "star" of LIVES. He is from Kosovo's Ashkali community, a disadvantaged and often discriminated against minority. Rrahim hears in school about life expectancy and realizes that this is different for different people. Rrahim wants to understand why he, his friends, his family will live shorter lives than their neighbors – for the stark reality is that Ashkalis along with Roma and Egyptians in Kosovo live on average at least 10 years shorter lives than the majority community. This becomes Rrahim's exploration – his effort to understand why. We will follow him as he meets different people to question them, to increase his understanding. We see Rrahim in his family, with his grandfather, school friends, talking with families who have lost a loved one recently, exploring dates on cemetery headstones, talking with kids. We also meet doctors and other health professionals, as well as the Minister of Health of Kosovo. Gradually, Rrahim learns some of the reasons that may account for this health and human rights catastrophe facing the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo.

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Them
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Director:  Ilir Kaso

English title:  “Them”

2013 | Austria | Digital | 30’ | Color

 

SYNOPSIS

“Them” – The other like “us”, like “you”.

Others see us as “them”. Like it or not, “we” are “them”, children of those who leſt their homeland for us, in the name of hope, “hoping for a better life” they said. We came here, we didn’t leave. We were either born or came to be placed here. We were named as strangers, whereas we saw ourselves as natives coming home late! Kamza is where we came. Slowly we discovered that the place of arrival was a symbol of evil. It was not the land, nor the air or the sky that had given this attribute. No, this attribute was given by the new habitant. There are people among “them” who think Kamza deserves this. Why, instead of being a place of freedom, Kamza was filled with walls! Walls on the sides, over and on earth and sky! But “they” overcome themselves and the culture of complaint. Because the complaint is the main wall. Therefore this barrier has to be overcome first. Someone says that all walls cannot be overcome at the same time. But “they” believe in overcoming them, because those “walls” that look strong, are nothing more than scarcely human acts. And as such, walls have an attribute. They are destroyed, torn, collapsed. “They” believe that the best way for their collapse is done internally, through speech and action!

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